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Homework week ending 27th November



In maths this week we have been learning to make estimates before completing calculations. Sometimes the children can make errors with column addition by forgetting to carry tens or 100s to the next column, or by forgetting to include these digits when adding the totals in each column. The children have been encouraged to ask themselves ‘does my answer look right?’

Please support your child at home with making estimating of totals e.g.

If one item costs £2.95, about how much would it cost to buy three items? (round £2.95 to £3.00 and then find the total)

Children generally enjoy checking their work using a calculator, so they could calculate the approximate amount and then compare it with the exact amount using a calculator. The more experience the children have for making estimations, the more they will use this strategy as a way of checking their totals.


Please continue to read with your child. Our big focus in school is for the children to enjoy reading and to encourage them to talk about what they are reading. The more children choose to read because they enjoy reading, the greater their chances will be of succeeding in the education system. Please use the ideas posted last week to give ideas about how to engage your child in discussing their chosen reading material.


Your child has been given a list of words we have been covering over the past few weeks in school. We have been looking in particular at words with the same spelling pattern. We use the term ‘learn one spelling, get some words free!’

e.g. If you can spell the word all you can spell tall, fall, call, small, etc.

Encourage your child to choose a word and then to find other words with the same spelling pattern. As our language is very complicated, several words can sound the same, but they have a different spelling pattern. e.g. the word crawl wouldn’t fit with the spelling pattern above. To overcome this, the children are encouraged to make links between words with a similar spelling pattern. If they can associate words with the same spelling pattern together, they will find it easier to remember which letters are used to spell the words. It doesn’t matter how silly the associations are- often the silly ones stick in the memory best of all!

If your child can already spell the root words of the verbs we have been learning, encourage them to add suffixes to the words e.g. call - calls, calling, caller, called. Watch out for the irregular verbs e.g. fall becomes fell not falled.

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Homework week ending 20.11.2020


Talk homework

This week the children have read an adventure story about a boy who defeats a group of bullies. In the story, the child enters an old shed which transforms into a beautiful palace when the door closes. The boy meets a character he needs to defeat in some way, and then he uses this power to defeat the bullies at the end of the story.

Next week the children will write their own story based on this format. They have drawn pictures of the shed and the place it will transform into, and they have started to think about the character they will need to defeat. Please talk to your child about their ideas for their own story. At this initial planning stage the children are encouraged to change their mind if they think of a better idea. The more they talk about the story, the clearer it will become in their mind. This means the children will be able to focus more on spelling, punctuation and sentence construction when they begin to write their stories.


Your child has been given a fortune teller with some spelling words on. We looked briefly at the words in class this week noting that the ou phoneme is represented with the letter a. We will complete some activities with these words next week, so any pre-learning of these words at home will benefit your child.


Please continue to read regularly with your child at home.

  • If you are sharing a fiction chapter story, please focus on the different settings in the story and what the author tells the reader about them.
  • If you are sharing a picture book, please help your child to look for extra information about the story that can be seen in the pictures but is not mentioned in the text. The children are becoming ‘detectives’ in school as they have been sharing the Anthony Browne stories. They have spotted lots of extra clues about the story and characters by discussing the pictures.
  • If you are sharing a non-fiction text, please help your child to identify main and sub-headings in the text. Try covering up the text below the headings. Can your child predict what they will be reading about by just reading the headings? Can they think of any vocabulary that will be used on the page from the headings? (By doing this, the children will find it easier to read tricky new topic words as the words will be fresh in their minds).
  • Published in Year 3

Homework week ending 13th November

Thank you to the parents who have registered for our Edmodo classroom. We now have 20 children rerady to use the site. 


In RE the children are learning about promises and the promises that were made at their baptism. Thank you to those who have sent in photos or candles or clothes from your child's Christening day. They have contributed to a lovely display in our classroom. Please can you talk to you child about their Christening day, so they are able to talk and write about it next week. For example, where they were Christened, which church, who their Godparents were and how you celebrated as a family afterwards. 


Next week, the children are going to play some games with the 3 and 4 times tables. Please help your child to count in multiples of 3 and 4. Help them to spot the numbers that appear in both tables (12, 24 and 36). If your child is already competent with the multiplication facts for these tables, please help them to learn the corresponding division facts.

To make it more fun, the children have been given a fortune teller to make for the 4x table.

If your child prefers to play interactive computer games, Hit the Button is a good site to use to develop speed of recalling multiplication facts. At school, we check how many attempts the children have at each question when a game is over to ensure they are not randomly clicking the answers.


Please continue to read regularly with your child.

  • Published in Year 3

Homework week ending 6.11.2020

Please see the document attached to this post at the bottom of the page. You will need to click on the post to open it before you see the attachment.

  • Published in Year 3
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